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Bonn Climate Change Conference: AGN pushes adaptation measures for women, youth

Women and youth require adaptation measures as they are more affected by climate change impact differently in the continent, says the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN).

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AGN Chair, Ephraim Mwepya Shitima (left), speaking at the Bonn Climate Talks

AGN Chair, Ephraim Mwepya Shitima, says integrating a gender perspective in adaptation activities is critical, particularly through the Global Goal for Adaptation (GGA), given that women are disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of climate change and can play a crucial role in adaptation efforts.

He was speaking at the opening plenary of the 58th Session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) in Bonn, Germany on Monday, June 5, 2023.

“It is also important to ensure that interventions respond to the gender-specific needs of women and girls, do not exacerbate inequalities, and contribute to empowering women as contained in the Gender Action Plan to drive change at all levels of the adaptation process,” said Shitima.

The African Group would like to adopt concrete targets for scaling up dedicated funding for gender and climate change, particularly the four priority areas agreed at COP27, alongside gender mainstreaming that requires finances to be committed for effective climate action.

The AGN also advocates the implementation of effective accountability and transparency of climate finance tracking gender-responsiveness funding.

“These measures would ensure women’s effective and meaningful participation at all levels of decision-making on climate change at the local, national, and global levels. Indigenous knowledge must be considered to build trust with the women and girls.

“Women’s chores within the household are immense and time-consuming; therefore, providing environmentally friendly and accessible technologies using, where possible affordable renewable energies,” said Shitima.

The 6th Synthesis Report of the Inter-governmental panel on climate change (IPCC) highlights the consequences of extreme climatic events and stresses the importance of enhancing ambitious action.

The World Meteorological Organisation also published a report warning that global temperature will increase in the next five years, narrowing the achievability of limiting the 1.5 temperature goal.

“COP28 will be the COP that will deliver on the pledges, and the African Group now calls for implementing targets to action and promises to implementation,” the AGN Chair stated.

The Africa Group calls on all Parties to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and reiterate the obligation under the Convention and the Paris Agreement that states developed countries should take the lead in the efforts to address climate change.

Africa has called for the genuine strengthening of the linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC in order to realise the implementation of technology-supported adaptation and mitigation actions in developing countries.

“We would like to realise positive progress with the SBI agenda on the said linkages to ensure that technology-supported climate action is enhanced,” said AGN Chair.

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

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